2019 Atlantic Council-East Asia Foundation Strategic Dialogue

On June 19, the Asia Security Initiative hosted a full-day public conference to develop forward-looking recommendations for ongoing efforts with the DPRK, the US-ROK security and economic partnership, and their implications in the broader Indo-Pacific region. US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and his South Korean counterpart, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, Do-hoon Lee delivered keynote remarks. This was followed by a moderated Q&A session with AC Board Director Mike Rogers. S/R Biegun emphasized that there are no preconditions to re-starting stalled negotiations with the North Koreans and that “the door is wide open for negotiations.” Other speakers included Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Dr. Chung-in Moon, four South Korean National Assembly members from both the ruling and opposition parties, Frank Kramer, Jim Miller, and Dr. Toby Dalton from Carnegie. The event was Special Representative Lee’s first public speaking engagement in the United States. Over 100 journalists RSVP’d for the event, which was covered heavily in Korean media. S/R Biegun’s remarks were also referenced in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, and The Hill, among others.